In a Pigs Eye

You asked to see Tima’s eye. Well sure, I said. But it was actually quite a difficult assignment.  This little kunekune is either very busy elsewhere or fast asleep at my feet. And when I do get a close up it is all eye lashes.

But I did try:pigs-078

hmm ..


This is what I saw in the end though. Total disinterest! I will try again. pigs-085

Speaking of tails. Poppy has been sitting in her wallow. Check out her tail. pigs,-lamb-029

And here is Marcel and his eye. pigs,-lamb-010Dishes –pigs,-lamb-032

The older chooks are free now and wandering in and out of the  Bastard Mink house, I am not so worried.  The door is permanently open because Sheila and Poppy sleep in there now. I am fairly sure they will not be pleasant if a mink interrupts their sleep!


No storm chasing yesterday. But sadly two of the big pear trees had to come down. The fire blight is decimating my apple and pear trees. So they had to be cut down and removed from the property. I felt sick watching it happen. But there is no choice now. The blight has taken over. And if I don’t get rid of these ones the young trees will be infected and i will lose the whole orchard.


I hope you have a lovely day.

Your friend on the farmy



34 Comments on “In a Pigs Eye

  1. Sorry to hear about the blight – I haven’t heard of fire blight before. But as you say, remove from the property an dhopefully the young ones will survive and thrive

  2. Oh I would have been the same watching trees being cut down C, but sometimes we just got to do what we got to do.
    have a beautiful day. We are having a hot winters day today. Long may it last.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  3. Tima looks like a ferocious wild boar, up close like that.
    Perhaps Sheila and Poppy could sleep in the Mink House with their mouths open 😉

  4. Love the Tima and Marcel photos! Animals hardly ever cooperate with the photoshoot… Her eyes are beautiful, especially with the lovely lashes!
    Sorry to hear about the trees, but maybe the young ones will have a chance.

  5. Just wondering if you can use your blighted trees as firewood. At least, then it wouldn’t be a total loss.

    • The larger pieces are being dried under cover for charcoal, but I am not sure whether that in not a risk too, but pear wood makes wonderful charcoal.. c

  6. Good morning, c, and happy greetings to the farmy. Pity about the trees but you’d have lost them anyway if left to their own demise. We lost most of our Asier (a type of Danish cucumber for pickling) to slugs while we were climbing all over the island of Bornholm. But in truth, I’d give up all the Asier in Denmark to be back on that island right now.

  7. Oh dear Celi, too bad about the trees. That’s a tough thing to get control over. But you did the only thing you could do. I had to take down a small pear here in Vancouver the first year I bought this house and fight like crazy to save the ancient apple tree. Good luck with the rest of the orchard.

  8. I was so sorry to hear about your trees and the blight. Perhaps you would like a Korean Natural Farming technique from – my friend Bryan McGrath shows you how to make Lacto-Bacillus as a foliar spray for all kinds of blight and fungal diseases for plants. You make it up yourself from his videos and spray it either very early in the morning before the sun comes up, or just at dusk (sun kills the beneficial bacteria). “Lacto” is a digestor bacteria which knocks out pathogenic fungi. Just follow his videos on his website. I’d make some NOW and spray your other trees. The ones you took down obviously are beyond saving. But to keep the others healthy, this is a good idea. Lacto has many other useful applications as well so it’s worth the time to make it.
    Hope this helps. Diann Dirks Certified Permaculture Designer

    • Thank you Diann, I shall read up on it right now and see what i need. Sadly i think there is one more that is too tall for me to spray and may succomb anyway.. I will look into it for the young ones, thank you!

  9. It’s hard to cut down a pear tree. They’re so beautiful all year round: blossom like snow in spring, an elegant green cone in the summer, fabulous autumn foliage and an almost Japanese stylishness about the bare branches in winter. From which you’ll gather that I’ve had one… It was huge, and old, and beautiful, but it kept dropping branches in my sheep paddock – luckily missing the sheep, but taking down the fences. I had to do some very swift work with the chainsaw and appease the neighbours with pearwood firewood!

  10. Tima’s eyes are lovely, dark and deep. Soulful pigaroo. So sad about your trees. I grieved over my plum, which split in three (overburdened with fruit and hit by a strong wind), so I totally understand. A lost tree is tragic somehow…so much time in the making. Marcel takes it all in stride…I have such a desire to touch his pink lips…they look so soft.

  11. Marcel is looking more and more like Hairy Maclairy everyday. Tima and Marcel have beautiful soft eyes. Such a heart ache to lose trees, worse when they are productive fruit trees, but it looks like the blight is really nasty and doesn’t leave you too many alternative options. Laura

  12. haha it’s hard to get to the eye there, but they look very kind and happy! That tail of Poppy’s made me laugh out loud though 🙂

  13. Hate taking any tree down! But better a few for the sake of many!!! Hope Viv’s and mine are still around 🙂 ?

  14. What beautiful eyes Tima and Marcel have. Oh, those lovely lashes!! We fight fire blight every so often. I catch it on a branch of the apple tree and hack it off and spray with a Clorox solution. Then sterilize the loppers with bleach, too. Burn the affected branch. This seems to stop it in its tracks. So far the pear trees have never been bothered. The apple trees are 70 years old and I would be sick to lose them.

      • Yes, spray the cut and trunk of the tree by the cut. I cut the branch right to the trunk. Fire Blight will infect other trees thru loppers and other instruments used on infected tree. Do not let infected branch touch anything else after you cut it. Clorox anything that comes in contact with fire blight. It is a contagious virus (I think it is a virus…..any way it is contagious).

  15. Tima is such a pretty piggy and she has beautiful eyes…thanks for trying to capture them. Loved the close-up of our Marcel, too. Still smiling, I see. Sad about your pear trees and hope that they are the last and only victims of the blight.

  16. Marcel looks so big! Tima does have some eyelashes. Sorry to hear about your trees, it’s a sad day when a tree disappears from the landscape.

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